Caned Chair

Today’s project was repairing a caned chair.

IMG_9811I can’t even remember where I picked this chair up, probably at a yard sale. Don’t ever pick up old chairs at yard sales unless you are prepared to fix it yourself. The cost of someone else doing this would be, yikes!

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This chair had good structural integrity so I thought it was worth the time.IMG_9815

underside
underside

It is a sturdy wooden chair. Worth a little elbow grease. Especially if you actually know how to do a cane insert, which I do.

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layer and layer of upholstery stuff

IMG_9821 IMG_9822Now starts the hard part!

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the old caning being removed
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the ugly old mess

IMG_9826It’s imperative that you get the groove totally gauged out. All the residue has to go.

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all ready to receive the insert
chair - 1
Sanded, stained, varnished top. 
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laying in the sheet of rewoven caning
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trimming the excess reed
gluing in the spline
gluing in the spline
butted spline seam
butted spline seam

chair - 7Ever since I started to cane chairs over twenty years ago, this book has been my bible.

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